KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Zarek Valentin and Danny Cruz helped Bodo/Glimt continue its win streak, while Cole Grossman and Stabaek maintained their hold on second place in Norway's Tippeligaen over the weekend.
Bodo/Glimt 5 - 1 Start
At this moment it seems like no one can stop the hot run that Bodo/Glimt is on, and Start just became another victim of the team as they continued their run to six games with an emphatic win at the Aspmyra Stadium.
But it would be the visitors who got on the scoreboard first in the 10th minute. Midfielder Kristoffer Ajer sent in a cross from the left and teammate Lars-Jørgen Salvesen was there to head the ball in to give Start the early lead.
Glimt did not wait too long to respond as they leveled the score in the 12th minute. Trond Olsen sent in a high ball that looked like it was heading out of bounds, but Valentin would get there to redirect the it towards Alexander Sorloth who volleyed it home.
The home side took the lead just before the end of the first half when Trond Olsen sent in a blistering shot from a free kick.
Glimt would carry their momentum into the second half and found their third goal in the 66th minute. Valentin brought the ball up field from the right, passed on to Fitim Azemi who layed it off for Sorloth to fire past Start goalkeeper Hakon Opdal.
Sorloth scored a third ten minutes later after collecting the loose ball in the box and easily slotted it home.
The 19-year-old's day was not done as he put away a fourth after Start conceded a penalty.
Valentin had a strong outing as he played the entire 90 minutes of the game, while Danny Cruz came on as a substitute in the 86th minute. Alex DeJohn saw action for Start in the second half.
The win pushes Bodo/Glimt up to eighth place while Start falls to 13th in the standings.
Stromsgodset 0-2 Stabaek
The Blue Ones earned three points on the road at the Marienlyst Stadium to remain within distance of catching league leaders Rosenborg.
After a scoreless first half, Stabaek would get things going nine minutes into the second when Adama Diomande scored his first of the day. Ernest Asante sent in a low cross from the right and the Norwegian would be there to redirect it towards the goal.
Diomande scored his second in the 76th minute. A counter attack started by midfielder Luc Kassi saw him carry the ball towards the visitors, send a pass to Diomande who coolly shot it past Stromgodset goalkeeper Espen Pettersen to seal the win for the visitors.
Cole Grossman was in the starting lineup once again and played the entire game for the victors.
Ethan Horvath came on as a substitute in the second half after goalkeeper Andreas Lind was sent off in Molde's 2-2 tie with Odd.